Gary Walker

The Big Listen: Haim – Women In Music Pt III

The third album from the LA trio is a kaleidoscopic melange of R&B, hip-hop, funk, pop and ska that sees the Haim sisters baring their souls.

The Big Listen: Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

The LA songwriter's sophomore album finds her weary from the road yet displaying the same peerless verve for brutal honesty and dark wit.

The Genius Of…. Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

In 2003, four Texans armed with suitcases full of pedals made one of the genre's defining albums: the sublime, hopeful The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place.

The Big Listen: Paul Weller – On Sunset

The Modfather returns for his 15th solo outing, still searching for new sounds even as he muses on his long and storied career.

The Big Listen: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways To New Italy

The Australian five-piece show that home is where the heart is on a sun-dappled second album of exhilarating melodic guitar pop.

The Genius Of… The National – High Violet

The National’s textured melancholia found a bigger audience in 2010 as their fourth album elevated the band to alt-rock’s top table. With an expanded 10th-anniversary reissue about to hit the shelves, we salute the slow-burn majesty of High Violet.

The Big Listen: Blake Mills – Mutable Set

The musical polymath demonstrates that there’s much more to Blake Mills than being one of the hottest producers in Los Angeles.

The Big Listen: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Reunions

Grammy-winning guitar star overcomes adversity on mature and expansive seventh studio album.

The Big Listen: Mark Lanegan – Straight Songs Of Sorrow

Former Screaming Trees frontman reflects on his own mortality with companion album to his turbulent memoir.

“It was the most fun we’ve ever had making a record” Lanterns On The Lake on the joys of Spook The Herd

Guitarist Paul Gregory explains how the Newcastle band have return with the most potent distillation of their atmospheric dream-rock sound yet.